The BBC has announced that its major education project for 2015 will be called Make it Digital, which aims to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology.
Make it Digital follows the 2014 project World War One. Project controller Jessica Cecil said, "We face a technology skills gap. The potential for this country’s future is as rich as our past but there are dangers. Right now many of our youngsters are lacking the digital skills they need."
Cecil said, "The BBC will celebrate the UK's digital heritage, raise awareness, and help some people to take their first steps into the world of digital. We will also help the younger generation to see their creative potential in it."
The BBC will use some of its biggest shows to promote coding and digital technology. There will also be new commissions, including dramas and documentaries, as well as online resources
BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “I want the BBC to bring its creativity and energy to projects like this and make the digital world come alive for all audiences."
He said, "We want to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. It's exactly what the BBC should be doing. There will be something for everyone and we will work closely with the industry to help capture the spirit of what we did with the BBC Micro in the 1980s, but this time for the digital age.”
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